Biting Back at Malaria – Self-Medication, Traditional Healers, and the Public Sector
AbstractMalaria kills about 1,500 children every day. Based on the Demographic and Health Surveys, we examine malaria treatment practices of various health care providers in sub-Saharan Africa, where more than 90 percent of the world’s deaths due to malaria occur. To assess the quality of each health care provider (including, among others, public health centers and traditional healers), we estimate the likelihood of providers to administer ineffective antimalarial drugs such as chloroquine in areas of known resistance, and to relieve children of malaria symptoms after having had fever within the last two weeks. Our results indicate that relative to self-medication, seeking treatment at most providers significantly increases the likelihood to take any antimalarial drug and decreases the likelihood to use chloroquine. Traditional healers do not exert any effect.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by Rheinisch-Westfälisches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Universität Dortmund, Universität Duisburg-Essen in its series Ruhr Economic Papers with number 0411.
Length: 29 pages
Date of creation: Apr 2013
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